Grass-fed Cooking Secrets


Tips, hacks, recipes, stories, and the weekly special help you eat better live better!

Grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork, chicken, and eggs are packed with flavor, plus vitamins, Omega 3s, and healthier fats. But to get the most out of all that goodness, the Saddle Ridge Farm family offers this simple piece of advice: DON’T OVERCOOK! Pastured meat and eggs are a little more delicate and cook faster than conventionally raised meat and eggs. That’s because, when it comes to meat, grass-fed and pastured products contain more…

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Eat Better Live Better / Feb 8-9

Seasonal Roots member Kristen shared a kid-friendly recipe with us on Facebook that involves a broiler and grapefruit. Krista, another member, shared a recipe for carb loading the right way, with sweet potato hash brown patties. Krista wrote: “These were and continue to be a big hit, I’ve made them with the Kennebec potatoes too!” Do you have a great recipe that uses our local food? Send it our way and EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER!

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7 Ways OUR Local Food Will Change Your Life

By Duane Slyder, founder & head veggie fairy:

Can local food really change your life? It can… but only if it’s done right. Here are 7 ways our Seasonal Roots veggie fairies will change your life here in Virginia.

1. Convenient home delivery = a total time saver! All those perishables that have to be restocked the most often? We bring them right to your home or office. That equals fewer shopping trips.

2. Vetted farmers market fare = peace of mind. We know our family farmers and we know they use healthy, sustainable practices and treat their animals humanely. At a traditional market, you’re on your own, and it’s hard to know who to trust.

3. Guaranteed freshness = good taste and good health. We can guarantee it because everything is local or regional. It’s harvested and delivered in a short period of time, so it’s still packed with flavor and nutrients.

4. Dedicated customer service = more serenity, less aggravation. If there’s ever an issue, just email or call 757-351-4565 and we’ll make it right. At other markets, there’s no one to help you between market days.

5. More variety = less boredom, a more balanced diet, and a healthier eco-system. Whew! This is a big one. Unlike a CSA, we partner with dozens of small family farms and food artisans, all growing and making different things. Whether you customize your basket or opt for the default, you’ll experience 7 kinds of sweet potatoes, 4 kinds of kale – hey, have you ever tried creamline whole milk? The list goes on and on. And our farmers’ sustainable practices include growing a wide variety of crops. Much better for the soil and the local eco-system than monocropping.

6. Reliable staples = save your energy for the exotic stuff. Every week you can count on us for your fruit, veggies, bread, grass-fed milk, cheese, meats, eggs, and other basics, all of them fresh!

7. A team that loves what they do = more joy for everyone! Studies show that happiness and good health are closely connected. Smiles are contagious, so we pass ‘em on!